Next Step July Winner: Sean Haefeli

 

Hella excited about this July Next Step winner of ours! Berlin based pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sean Haefeli mesmerized us with his vocal jazz that’s sprinkled with welcome notes of Jose James and Gil Scott-Heron.

Others have referenced Last Poets, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti, Bobby McFerrin, and Gregory Porter when speaking about his music. Looks like dude has a pretty fail proof thing going on as far as many are concerned.

Sean’s sound blends jazz, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to birth warm, honest, and intimate music perfect for cozying up to as winter approaches. RISE marks his third album, which similar to his previous two, is self-produced and released. Below, you can stream the entire album and also download the title track for free!

Touring will begin in late October through November of this year. On, November 16 catch a special performance on Mijke’s Middag Live on Dutch radio station Radio 6.

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Jose James & Robert Glasper @ iTunes Festival – Sep 23

 

In case you missed it the first time we mentioned it, this coming Sunday, September 23, Blue Note Records artists Jose James and Robert Glasper will be taking the stage at the prestigious iTunes Festival 2012. The filming will take place at the Roundhouse in London and will be broadcast live for fans all over the world to view via an iTunes Festival App.

Jose James and Robert Glasper Experiment are set to take the stage at 7:45pm GMT (2:45pm ET) and 9:00pm GMT (4:00pm ET), respectively.

Special guests with Glasper will include Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Lionel Loueke, Doom, and Phonte.

No games being played right here! Keep it locked for some Robert Glasper remixes we’ll be sharing soon, too!

Also, be sure to check these fine young gentlemen on the new Blue Note Spotify App that recently launched!

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New Release: Jose James – ‘It’s All Over Your Body’ EP + “Trouble” Free iTunes Single of the Week

 

The anticipation of Jose James’ upcoming album has been steady brewing for a nice little minute now. If you read our interview a few months back, you know that Jose has been signed to the legendary Blue Note Records. If you heard the recent DJ Spinna mix of Jose amazingness, you know that it’s getting pretty damn hard to wait for that album already.

No Beginning No End, Jose’s Blue Note debut, is set to release January 22. But fret not! Fans can stock up on some sweet tunes with today’s release of the It’s All Over Your Body EP. You also may indulge in the pleasure that is “Trouble” being the iTunes free Single of the Week.

Finally, our lovely man will be performing at the iTunes Festival 2012 on September 23 along with none other than label mate Robert Glasper. Using the iTunes Festival App, music lovers far and wide will be able to watch the happenings.

Jose James – “Trouble” [MP3 on iTunes]

Purchase It’s All Over Your Body EP on iTunes

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New Release: DJ Spinna – ‘The Eccentric Movements of Jose James’ Mixtape

 

Oh, man. This little collection of songs makes us want to put in some work. Ahem. Who better for some motivation than Jose James curated by none other than DJ Spinna? Called The Eccentric Movements of Jose James, sir Spinna weaves together old and new music from one of our favorite sexy soul men to create a perfect atmosphere for you and your Labor Day boo. The mixtape is a precursor to Jose’s upcoming release on Blue Note.

Yes, and it is all yours as a free download this very moment. Get on that, swiftly, boocakes.

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Interview: Jose James on Blue Note Signing & 5/11 NYC Show

 

In anticipation of his show at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) tomorrow and his recent signing to Blue Note, we caught up with the heart-melting José James to get the latest on some very exciting developments. After hearing more about what Jose has to say about No Beginning, No End as well as the LPR show – we’re just about losing it with excitement!

Details for the show are below. Also, enter our contest to win tickets to tomorrow’s show.

Giant Step: Congratulations on signing with Blue Note! How does it feel?

Jose James: It feels fantastic – it’s a dream come true. Blue Note is everyone’s favorite classic jazz label and it’s exciting to bring something fresh to the legacy.

GS: What can we expect on the new album? And what excites you most about this new project?

JJ: First of all, the new album features Pino Palladino – the legend! Truly an honor to work with him. Chris “Daddy” Dave, Robert Glapser, Hindi Zahra, Richard Spaven, Emily King – it’s a stellar cast. It’s a mix of soul, R&B, gospel, jazz, and singer-songwriter. It’s truly a deeper look into who I am as an artist, outside of just jazz. I co-wrote with many of the artists above, as well as Fink and Amp Fiddler. I feel this is a definitive album for me and so far my best work. It’s been two years in the making! Sonically it’s way ahead of my other albums and I have engineers Brian Bender and Russ Elevado to thank for that.

GS: When can we hear No Beginning, No End – when does it drop?!

JJ: Well I just signed, so now we’re doing photoshoots and planning videos. Definitely will drop some new music this fall – stay tuned at josejamesmusic.com for updates! In the meantime, I’m showcasing new material in my live shows and will start touring worldwide.

GS: What can folks look forward to at this show?

JJ: I got Taylor McFerrin with me – he’s so amazing. Emily King special guest, and a fantastic band: Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Andy Hunter trombone, Samora Pinderhughes keys, Ben Williams bass, and Nate Smith on drums. We keep it funky and real soulful!

GS: Any other special news you’re able to share with Giant Step fans?

JJ: Look out for remixes and vinyl – this is the album you’ve been waiting for.

Event Details
José James with Special Guests, plus Taylor McFerrin

Friday, May 11, 2012
Doors 7pm

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
Purchase tickets

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